Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)2018-08-15T19:01:18+00:00
Do you charge by the hour or have a package rate?2012-11-27T14:44:54+00:00

I have both package rates and hourly rates. For example, if you wish to complete a book from conception to distribution, it would probably be easier and cheaper to pay a package rate (per book) than by the hour. However, if you need line editing or technical support, an hourly rate. I don’t currently list my prices online, but feel free to reach out to me and I can provide you with a quote. I offer tier pricing depending on your needs.

I already have a finished manuscript. Can I just have help getting it ready for publishing?2012-11-27T14:44:05+00:00

Yes! If you have a finished manuscript, and you just need help with design, layout, and getting it ready for a printer, I can help. In addition, if you just need it to be formatted for digital publishing, such as for an eBook or Kindle manuscript, I can help with that. Small tweaks in content may be needed here in there if the document will not easily translate into digital format, but it’s completely workable. I’ll work with you to get an idea of what type of look you are wanting. If you want a children’s book, for example, your font would be more playful than it would be for a technical manuscript. Let’s get to work!

I'm writing a book but have to travel a lot for work. What should I use for online storage?2012-11-27T14:43:43+00:00

Those of us old enough to remember the joys of traveling with a Floppy Disc in our bag have mixed emotions about new cloud storage options. If you don’t have wi-fi, you have to be careful to find a solution that will allow you to edit the manuscript offline and will later sync back to the cloud later. However, online options are also less likely to fill up as quickly or die if exposed to sunlight (long story).
There are three main online options that are convenient and free to use.

  1. Microsoft OneDrive. If you already have a subscription to Microsoft Word (or Office 365), then you can store your documents in this folder and access it from any device. It’s one solution that you may already have available without having to get any new subscription products, so that may be your first bet. The good news is that if you have Windows 10 and created a Microsoft account upon sign in, you already have one probably available in your Windows Explorer folder.
  2. Google Drive. If you already have a ubiquitous Gmail account, Google Drive is already ready for you to use! The free version starts with 15 GB of free online storage, which is plenty if you are writing a manuscript using common tools, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  3. Dropbox. Dropbox is another easy to share and store files, with 2 GB of storage for your use. You can sign up for the paid version for more space if you need some.
I am wanting to build a blog, not a book. Can you help me get set up?2019-01-30T17:05:34+00:00

While your blog may eventually turn into a book, you’re right to start small. However, if you are not a technical person, it isn’t a small task at all! Here is an easy 8-step guide for building your blog.

Still having problems? Reach out to me and I can help guide you through the process of selecting a hosting provider that would suit your needs, installing WordPress, getting you a chosen theme, and help guide you all to the final product.

What if I just need some general research, such as for genealogy?2012-11-27T14:42:55+00:00

I have experience in helping my own family do some research; one genealogy project even turned into a small book that was published for family members. I am more than happy to help you or to give you pointers in the right direction. Paid sites are good but sometimes you may just want to start with some free sites to help you get started. Here are a few of the great sites to get you started. If you wish to have me do further research, feel free and ask!

  1. The U.S. GenWeb Project is one of the original genealogy websites and it is also free.
  2. FamilySearch.org is organized and managed by the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints and is also free.
  3. FindAGrave may sound like a morbid way to start, but it is a totally free and excellent resource for finding millions of graves around the world. You can find records, photos, and sometimes full obituaries that may help you find what you are looking for.
  4. Ancestry.com is one of the top rated sites for a reason; it has multiple research tools and records to search through. It is a paid site.

AARP’s 15 Great Websites for Genealogy Research is another great resource to help you find online genealogy sites.

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